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Mister Johnson

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The movie is set in 1923 in British Colonial Nigeria with a man named Mister Johnson. He is an oddity - an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives or the British. He works for the local British magistrate and is always scheming, trying to get ahead.
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CRITICS OF "Mister Johnson"
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Spirituality and Practice
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July 12, 2003

A richly nuanced and well-acted screen version of Joyce Cary's 1839 novel.
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Variety
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July 28, 2008

Beresford and writer William Boyd have delivered a film strangely devoid of emotion and lacking a clear point of view.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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January 01, 2000

I have seen "Mister Johnson" two times, and both times I admired its sense of time and place, and the thoughtful performances of Eziashi, Brosnan and Woodward.
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Film4
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May 24, 2003

Issues of race and racism here are as vague as they were in Driving Miss Daisy, and you are left with the impression Beresford is happy to dodge the issues he dabbles with.
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TV Guide
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August 12, 2014

To both the humane Rudbeck, intelligently played by Pierce Brosnan, and the abusive drunkard Gollup, Johnson is a cipher.
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Entertainment Weekly
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September 07, 2011

Beresford, adapting Joyce Cary's 1939 novel, looks at the psychological relationships inherent in colonialism with some subtlety.
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New York Times

August 30, 2004

The film works well as far as it goes, but some of the story's emotional power is denatured or lost.
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Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

August 24, 2003

This just doesn't really work, but then, neither did the novel.
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Washington Post
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January 01, 2000

Although this colonial satire has intelligent aims, it's always a degree or two off the mark.
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rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 01, 2000

A standout performance by Maynard Eziashi in the title role
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Washington Post
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January 01, 2000

No great friend of colonialism, Beresford makes his point without losing sight of either history or its mostly unsung heroes.
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